President Obama directed the Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay until after the summer a deportation enforcement review that officials feared would anger House Republicans and doom any lingering hopes for an immigration overhaul in Congress this year, the New York Times reports. Johnson has spent two months searching for ways that the president could legally shield from deportation some of the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Among the ideas was new guidance to focus on people who have committed serious crimes or who are caught on the border.
Some immigration activists have demanded that the president take even bolder actions to reduce deportations. White House officials said the president was worried that any action would be viewed by House Republicans as an abuse of executive power and would fuel the already intense opposition to a more long-lasting solution to the country's immigration problems. “There are a number of folks suggesting that anything that the administration does could become an excuse for inaction in the House,” said Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.